A great loss for Myanmar Buddha Sasana ‘9th Bhamo Sayadaw expires’


Hsu/ Myo Gyi (NP News) – May 26

In a somber turn of events, the esteemed Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa, the Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee has peacefully departed this mortal realm. The Venerable Sayadaw was also conferred the following honorific Burmese Buddhist title, including, Agga Maha Pandita, Agga Maha Ganthavacaka Pandita, Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru, and Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika.

According to the declaration from the sanghas who were taking care of the deceased Sayardaw, the esteemed Venerable Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa took his last breath at 11:11 pm on the 25th of May.

Having completed an impressive 75 vasas, at the venerable age of 95, the venerable Bhamo Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa passed away at Bhamo Monastery in Mahaaungmye Township, Mandalay.

One of his disciples remarked that the venerable Sayadaw’s expiration is the irreplaceable profound loss for Śāsana.

In his final days, the venerable Sayadaw sought medical treatments for his liver and stomach at a distinguished hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, starting from the 25th of March.

Subsequently, he was transported to Mandalay General Hospital, where he spent his last two months before his eventual passing.

Born to the honorable parents U Po Thit and Daw Aye Thaik in Yabe Village, situated in Taungtha Township of Myingyan District within Mandalay Region. He became a novice at the age of 14 and started his religious journey since then.

Throughout his life, the Sayadaw held the esteemed position of Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (SSMNC), serving as a guiding light for the Buddhist monastic order. He was also conferred many religious titles. Furthermore, his contributions extended to the role of Pro-Rector at the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, embodying his commitment to propagating the teachings of the Theravada tradition on a global scale.

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